Interpretational paradox, implicit normativity, and human nature : revisiting weakness of will from a perspective of comparative philosophy

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4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This essay critiques or engages a wide range of existing works on the ancient and well-contested issue of weakness of will, from a new perspective of comparative philosophy combined with a focus on a largely neglected Davidsonian paradox of irrationality. It aims at revealing the interplay between the descriptive and the normative in the very notion of critical interpretation, as well as a special relation between holding-true and making-true which helps to explain the non-accidentalness of the descriptive coat of the Plato Principle and some of the Mencian paradigmatic tenets. By the same token, it also sheds light on some holistic picture about a certain implicit type of dynamic normativity, which seems evidently applicable to, for example, the Mencius-Xunzi 荀子 dispute on human nature, but scarcely noticed or articulated in contemporary contexts of comparative philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-163
Number of pages19
JournalDao : A Journal of Comparative Philosophy
Volume16
Issue number2
Early online date5 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Keywords

  • Critical interpretation
  • Implicit normativity
  • Paradox of irrationality
  • Weakness of will

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  • Prizes

    Dao Annual Best Essay Award 2017

    ZHENG, Yujian (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize / Award

  • Research Output

    • 4 Scopus Citations
    • 1 Journal Article (refereed)
    • 1 Article (Translation)

    Actions, paths, and rational reconstruction : replies to Mele, Beebe, and Jiang

    ZHENG, Y., Dec 2019, In : Dao : A Journal of Comparative Philosophy. 18, 4, p. 619-630 12 p.

    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

  • 阐释的悖论、隐含的规范性和人性 : 从比较哲学的视角重审意志薄弱问题

    Translated title of the contribution: Interpretational paradox, implicit normativity, and human nature : revisiting weakness of will from a perspective of comparative philosophy郑宇健 & 文杰 (Translator), Sep 2018, In : 思想與文化. 2018, 2, p. 1-25

    Research output: Journal PublicationsArticle (Translation)

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